Spring – usually classed as the months of March and April – will see temperatures creep up to an average of 19°C and 20°C as summer approaches. However, it has been known to get as hot as 22°C - 23°C in these months. You won’t be missing out on a chance to sunbathe in Playa Blanca as average daily hours of sunlight are high at this time of year with 10-11 hours of sunshine each day. The sea water’s temperature drops down to 18°C-19°C in these months, which is generally considered too cold for swimming. Fortunately, most hotels will warm their outdoor swimming pools in winter and spring or provide heated indoor swimming pools so you can still enjoy a dip, no matter how cold the sea is. Rainfall will still occur in these months prior to what is usually an extremely dry summer, with precipitation levels at an average of 11-16mm of rain per month.
Summer – which can be described as running from May to August – is the hottest time to visit Playa Blanca. During this season, the average temperature is 22°C, which peaks at 25°C in August - the hottest month. Between these months, average highs at the hottest part of the day range from 24°C up to 28°C, with the average lows in the coldest part of the night dropping to between 17°C and 22°C. The small drop in temperature between the daytime and evening temperatures may feel exaggerated if there’s a cool breeze coming in off the sea, but instead of feeling cold, it’s usually a welcome change from the high temperatures of the daytime.
The hottest temperature on record in Lanzarote is 43.6°C which was registered at Lanzarote Airport on August 6th 1980.
Summer is the driest season for Playa Blanca, when the resort sees next to no rainfall. June, July and August are the driest months, when there is often no rainfall at all. However, when rain does occur in Playa Blanca during this season, it’s usually in the form of very short downpours which rarely last for more than 30 minutes each.
With the average being ten hours of sunshine each day, you’ll have plenty of chances to work on your tan during your summer holiday in Playa Blanca. May, June and July are the sunniest months, with sunshine lasting 11 hours in a day.
Whilst most holiday islands in Europe are surrounded by the warm Mediterranean Sea, the Canary Islands are surrounded by the cold Atlantic Sea, so the average sea temperature is always cooler in comparison. The sea temperature in the waters lining Playa Blanca begin at a cool 19°C in May and warm up to a pleasant 22°C by August.
Autumn – which can be described as the months of September and October – will see the temperature begin to drop from an average of 24°C to 22°C. The average lows for this time of year rarely drop to below 20°C, but the average highs have been reported as reaching as hot as 27°C and 26°C, so autumn is still a great choice if you’re looking for an escape to the sun at this time of the year. In contrast to the previous months of June, July and August which generally have 0mm of rainfall, the chances of rain will rise slightly with an average amount of rainfall at this time being between 9 and 10mm. Despite the slight increase in precipitation, Playa Blanca still enjoys a lot of sunshine during autumn. During this time, the sun shines for an average of 8 to 9 hours each day, giving you plenty of time to soak up the sun. Playa Blanca is one of those special places where temperatures do not differ by much at all and true beach-lounging weather exists year-round. The temperature of the sea is at its highest at this time of year, at around 22°C, so an autumnal swim will feel very pleasant.
Winter – usually classed as November to February – in Playa Blanca is comparatively mild, compared to most of Europe. Average temperatures at the resort in winter are around 18°C, peaking at 20°C in November and hitting an all-time low of 17°C in January and February – the resort’s coldest months. In the winter season, the average highs can reach 24°C and 21°C the warmest parts of the daytime, whilst the average lows in the coldest parts of the evening range between 18°C and 15°C.
Due to the island’s low humidity and the breeze which regularly blows in off the coast, the evenings can feel very chilly in Playa Blanca in winter. With this in mind, remember to pack light clothing that will keep you warm when you go out at night.
The coldest temperature ever recorded in Lanzarote is 8°C, was noted at Lanzarote Airport on January 10th 1974.
Compared to the summer season, winter in Playa Blanca is very wet. However, when you compare winter in the resort to the rest of Europe, Playa Blanca is practically bone dry! December is the wettest month in winter, when an average of 33mm of rain falls over the course of eight days. February is the second wettest month with 20mm over five days, January and November are joint third with 16mm apiece and March is the driest month with 11mm over four wet days.
When rain falls in Playa Blanca in winter, it’s usually in the form of heavy, short downpours which rarely last for more than a couple of hours. When a storm is about to occur, the sky will usually have been overcast with dark grey clouds for a couple of hours beforehand. Fortunately, these clouds clear up minutes after the rain stops and the sun shines through again.
The highest monthly rainfall ever recorded in Playa Blanca is 127.3mm came during November 2014 at Lanzarote Airport. However, the maximum rainfall ever recorded in a single day is 17.5mm, which was recorded at the same location on January 25th 1980, whilst the maximum number of wet days the resort has ever seen in a single month is 19, which happened in January 1996.
Although, it’s likely you’ll have to endure the odd cloudy spell if you plan to visit Playa Blanca in the winter, it’s very rare that you’ll have an entirely overcast day – the sun will always break through for a couple of hours a day, at least.
Since the Canary Islands are surrounded by the Atlantic Sea, the temperature of the sea is sometimes too cold for swimming during the coldest winter months. In November and December, the sea will reach temperatures of around 21°C and 20°C, which is usually regarded as pleasantly warm enough for swimming.